When in Colombia…

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by Rashid Adetokunbo Okikiola Owoyele, DEED ’12 This has been my first trip out of the US and I am feeling so blessed to have had this opportunity. Though my Spanish is mediocre at best and my knowledge of traveling is most informed by movies and living vicariously through Facebook, … Continued

Mind, Body, Spirit, & Gratitude

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What is human composition? Is it a scientific interpretation of the body; oxygen and breath, or the unification and movement of atoms to form blood and tears? Is it an abstract; a conception of mind, body, and spirit? Is being “human” what unites us all? Humanity is the driving force … Continued

Day 3: Anserma

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What a fantastic day. Although never made explicit, the big difference between yesterday and today was our group agreeing that we should have “demonstration of entrepreneurial spirit” as a criteria for groups with whom we are interested to collaborate. This was apparent in today’s group – although they do not … Continued

Day 2: San Lorenzo

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Our town visits started today with an afternoon in San Lorenzo, about 2 hours from Manizales. In true plan-all-you-want-but-this-is-real-life-style, the plan we finalized yesterday evening with the student team had to be scrapped. It’s better to remain flexible & improvise on the spot, than engage in non-productive activities. Perhaps the … Continued

Town (and craft) hopping

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And we’re off! We’ll be town-hopping through Thursday. Our first stop is Rio Sucio, in which an artisan association in an indigenous reserve focuses on weaving baskets and accessories. Then, we’re off to Anserma to learn the local craft surrounding locally grown silk thread weaving (they even create accessories with … Continued

Debriefing and team dynamics

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We’re not sure what is the exact formula, but we are, each time, impressed and pleasantly surprised, by the fantastic team dynamics our students engage in when participating in our fieldwork programs. Perhaps this is the nature of international travel with thoughtful, intelligent, engaged, sensitive, university students? Perhaps our focus … Continued

Day 1: Manizales

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Most of the DEED student team has arrived in Manizales and the project has been kicked off with a bang (and an activity-filled day.) An event with several speakers inaugurated the project. Here, we gave a presentation entitled “Design, Innovation, and Craft without Borders: the Case of DEED” which was … Continued

Colombia – here we come!

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We are thrilled to have been invited by colleagues in the Universidad Autónoma de Manizales to join them in early June and develop a collaborative DEED program in the beautiful state of Caldas, in Colombia’s coffee region. Our faculty’s trip is made possible by local partnerships, and our entreprenurially-driven students … Continued